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  1. January 15, 2014

    Bangladesh opposition to battle on for new poll

    The leader of Bangladesh’s largest opposition party has vowed to carry on its campaign for fresh parliamentary elections...

  2. November 27, 2013

    ‘The Solution Revolution’, by William Eggers and Paul Macmillan

    The Solution Revolution: How business, government and social enterprises are teaming up...

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  1. October 25, 2013

    Lunch with the FT: Muhammad Yunus

    This is awkward: I am about to sit down to lunch with a man who has just told me he does not want to eat anything with me....

  2. October 22, 2013

    Political parties in Bangladesh clash over election process

    Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party, has rejected government proposals on how to run the...

  3. October 3, 2013

    Flawed war crimes trials push Bangladesh to the edge

    Bangladesh – for historical reasons a byword in the west for famine, poverty and disaster – has achieved notable social and...

  4. MBA blog

    September 23, 2013

    The end, or the start of the Hult Prize rollercoaster?

    It ends tonight, or does it? This time tomorrow Origin, our Hult Prize finalist team will know whether our social enterprise...

  5. beyondbrics

    June 4, 2013

    Yunus's latest project: chickens in Haiti

    Persuading a Brazilian company to invest $300,000 in chickens in Haiti may sound like a rather tall order. Not, though, if...

  6. March 13, 2013

    Credit card boss’s early lesson in debt

    As managing director of a credit card company, US-born Brian Cole might be expected to know a thing or two about debt....

  7. beyondbrics

    March 6, 2013

    Bangladesh: government mulls Grameenphone options

    Subscribers to Bangladeshi mobile operator, Grameenphone, can breathe easy: Dhaka has no plans to suspend the company’s...

  8. March 13, 2012

    We can all choose freedom over a job

    Can everyone be an entrepreneur? At first glance the idea seems preposterous. More people than ever are employed in giant...

  9. February 16, 2012

    Yunus expands joint venture companies

    Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer of microlending for the poor, is rapidly expanding his joint venture companies with global...

  10. February 7, 2012

    CreditEase shines in China peer-lending market

    CreditEase, China’s top peer-to-peer lending website, received votes of confidence from two important constituencies at the...

  11. December 14, 2011

    Microfinance: Industry urged to refocus on poverty

    Sharia-compliant retail products now come in every shape and size. From mortgages to insurance and even the Islamic credit...

  12. December 9, 2011

    Is payday lending really wrong?

    “About half of US states have clamped down on payday loans by capping interest rates, or restricting them in ways that make...

  13. beyondbrics

    November 4, 2011

    A microfinance call for capital, but will the market listen?

    SKS Microfinance, India’s only listed microfinance company, is looking raise around $183m in a share sale later this year....

  14. May 13, 2011

    Yunus steps down from Grameen Bank

    Muhammad Yunus has resigned as managing director of the pioneering microlender that he founded, Grameen Bank, ending a...

  15. FT Alphaville

    April 26, 2011

    Government panel calls for Grameen overhaul

    A Bangladeshi government panel has accused Grameen Bank, the globally renowned microlender founded by Nobel laureate...

  16. April 26, 2011

    Government panel calls for Grameen overhaul

    A Bangladeshi government panel has accused Grameen Bank, the globally renowned microlender founded by Nobel laureate...

  17. April 4, 2011

    Microlender secures banks’ support

    Fair Finance founder Faisel Rahman A micro credit business that provides finance to some of the UK’s poorest households has...

  18. March 24, 2011

    Dhaka plays high-stake game in Yunus case

    At Bangladesh’s birth in 1971, Henry Kissinger, US national security adviser, derided the new Muslim-majority nation as “an...

  19. FT Alphaville

    March 8, 2011

    Bangladesh court upholds Yunus exit

    Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate and micro­finance pioneer, suffered a setback on Tuesday when the Bangladeshi High Court...

  20. March 8, 2011

    Bangladesh High Court upholds Yunus exit

    Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate and micro­finance pioneer, suffered a setback on Tuesday when the Bangladeshi High Court...

  21. March 7, 2011

    Mission drift and microfinance

    From Prof Andy Mullineux. Sir, Microfinance does not enable people to “smooth income”, as you claim (“Yunus under attack”,...

  22. FT Alphaville

    March 3, 2011

    Yunus fights dismissal order

    Bangladeshi microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus has gone to court to challenge the legality of a central bank order...

  23. March 3, 2011

    Yunus opens legal fight over dismissal

    Bangladeshi microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus has gone to court to challenge the legality of a central bank order...

  24. FT Alphaville

    March 2, 2011

    Grameen refuses to fire Yunus

    The bank founded by Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Prize winning microfinance pioneer, has defied an order by Bangladesh’s...

  25. March 2, 2011

    Grameen defies order to dismiss Yunus

    Muhammad Yunus, whose dismissal could strain US-Bangladeshi relations The bank founded by Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Prize...

  26. February 28, 2011

    Bangladesh escalates anti-Yunus campaign

    Bangladesh’s government has escalated its campaign against microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, with the country’s central...

  27. February 27, 2011

    Banker to poor fights official antipathy

    On the global stage, Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Prize-winning microfinance pioneer, enjoys almost cult-like status as the...

  28. FT Tech Hub

    January 26, 2011

    Facebook beefs up security after Zuck hack

    Facebook is to offer its users greater security when they log in, after the social network’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and...

  29. FT Tech Hub

    January 26, 2011

    Further Reading: 'Let the hacking begin' and SAP seeks to cut penalty

    Tech news from around the web: Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page on Facebook appears to have been hacked, TechCrunch reports. A...

  30. December 10, 2010

    Cradle of microfinance rocked

    Bangladeshis were euphoric in 2006 when their country’s renowned “banker to the poor”, Muhammad Yunus, founder of the...

  31. FT Alphaville

    December 7, 2010

    Bangladesh joins microfinance backlash

    The microfinance industry has been accused of “sucking blood from the poor” by the prime minister of Bangladesh as part of...

  32. December 7, 2010

    Bangladesh joins microfinance backlash

    A woman works at a recycling factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The prime minister said the companies giving small loans to the...

  33. November 10, 2010

    Bangladesh caps microfinance rates at 27%

    Bangladesh, the birthplace of the global microcredit movement, has decided to cap interest rates for microloans at 27 per...

  34. November 7, 2010

    Raising microfinance standards

    Mention of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg does not usually bring to mind images of rural traders in Tanzania or small...

  35. October 31, 2010

    Making Indian microfinance work

    The crisis threatening the Indian microfinance industry – triggered by a crackdown on microlenders by authorities in the...

  36. September 12, 2010

    Microfinance sees demand leap

    Small business owners in the UK are turning to microfinance, a system of credit more readily associated with helping people...

  37. July 20, 2010

    SKS Microfinance plans to raise $350m in IPO

    SKS Microfinance, India’s largest lender to the poor, aims to raise about $350m this month by selling a 21.6 per cent stake...

  38. March 16, 2010

    Orascom in record Bangladeshi issue

    A mobile phone operator raised $102m through Bangladesh's biggest corporate bond deal, in another sign that the country's...

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